The Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days returns for a 9th edition bringing together people and ideas from both sides of the Atlantic to tackle urgent challenges in the field of energy. Taking place in Bern, Switzerland, from August 14-16, this year’s conference focuses on accelerating the energy transition. It explores technologies that can act as bridges to – or even central elements of – the new energy world, while venturing into the roles of regulation, policy, the economy, and society.
A platform for discovery and new collaborations, SUEID includes a dynamic mix of presentations, lightning talks, and site visits exploring scientific advances, innovation strategies, market developments, and public policies from Switzerland and the US. The community of participants, which evolves continuously since the conference’s first edition in 2014, includes Swiss and American researchers, startup entrepreneurs, industry experts, and policymakers.
After two virtual editions of SUEID, Swissnex is delighted that this vibrant community will get to meet again in person in Bern, the capital of Switzerland, with its uniquely preserved old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Program (Swiss time)
Sunday, August 14
18:00 – Official Welcome Reception for participants
Monday, August 15
09:00 – Opening, Welcome Address, and Keynote Address; followed by the panel: The state of our energy transition: It’s complicated
10:30 – Rapid-fire Presentations
12:30 – Networking Lunch
14:00 – Rapid-fire presentations
14:35 – Panel: Pick your battles, don’t let them pick you
15:30 – Rapid-fire presentations
18:00 – Networking Reception and Startup Pitch Session
Tuesday, August 16
08:00 – Site visits by bus to Swisscom Business Park in Ittigen and 3S Solar Solutions in Thun
12:30 – Networking lunch and a visit to Joulia SA in Bern
13:40 – Site Visit of Maison Climat in Bienne
14:15 – Site visits of Hydroelectric Power Plant Hagneck
17:30 – Closing panel: Failure is not an option
18:30 – Farewell Reception
Simonetta SommarugaSwiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy, and Communications
Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga is Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy, and Communications (DETEC). Image credit: Chancellerie fédérale suisse/Stefano Spinelli
Keynote: The importance of first movers
David LivingstonOffice of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry
David Livingston is a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry.
Panel 1: The state of our energy transition: It's complicated!
Benoît RevazSwiss Federal Office of Energy
Benoît Revaz is Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE).
Marilyne Andersen is a Full Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies, Director of the LIPID laboratory at EPFL, and Academic Director of Smart Living Lab in Fribourg.
Vinit Nijhawan is Managing Director at MassVentures.
Panel 2: Pick your battles, don’t let them pick you!
Judith IkléCalifornia Public Utilities Commission
Judith Iklé is Branch Manager, Procurement, Renewables & Climate Strategy, Energy Division of the California Public Utilities Commission.
Jean-Pierre MittazGreen Energy Consumers Alliance
Jean-Pierre Mittaz is the Non-Executive Board Member for Green Energy Consumers Alliance.
Zachary StraussAtlas Public Policy
Zachary Strauss is a Policy Analyst at Atlas Public Policy.
Panel 3: Failure is not an option!
Lauren ShumU.S. Department of Energy
Lauren Shum is a Commercialization Programs Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a WEF Global Shapers Curator.
Walter SteinmannEnergy Infrastructure Partners
Walter Steinmann is an Independent Consultant, at Steinmann Consulting, Senior Advisor at Energy Infrastructure Partners, and is the former director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.
Maxime StaufferSimon Institute for Longterm Governance
Maxime Stauffer is co-founder and chief executive officer of the Simon Institute for Longterm Governance (SI).
Peter Richner is Deputy Director, Head of Department Engineering Sciences at Empa.